Rebel Eknath Shinde says he hasn’t left Balasaheb Thackeray’s, Shiv Sena

Following the cross-voting in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde left Gujarat for Assam with around 33 party MLAs. On Wednesday, he claimed they had not defected from Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena.

His comments come when rumours are rampant that Mr Shinde and other MLAs may join the BJP to overthrow the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration.

Before departing for Guwahati, the Shiv Sena leader told reporters at the Surat airport that his organization has been upholding Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva and would continue to do so.

“We haven’t left and won’t quit Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena. Balasaheb’s Hindutva is something we have been pursuing and will continue to do “said he.

On June 19, 1966, Balasaheb Thackeray established the Shiv Sena to represent the interests of Marathis or Maharashtrians. He died on November 17, 2012.

Early on Wednesday morning, Mr Shinde, the 33 party legislators, and seven independent legislators staying at the Le Meridien hotel in Surat flew out of Surat International Airport for Guwahati, Assam.

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The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government was dealt a severe setback when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won five seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC) elections due to alleged cross-voting. Out of the 10 seats in the Legislative Council that were up for election on Monday, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena each won two, while Congress only managed to get one.

After the MLC elections, Mr Shinde and a few other Shiv Sena MLAs stayed at the Le Meridien hotel in Surat. In Surat, Mr Shinde and other party lawmakers met with a Shiv Sena group that included Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s close associates, Milind Narvekar and Ravindra Phatak.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday that several Shiv Sena MLAs and Eknath Shinde were now “not approachable,” despite his claims that attempts were being undertaken to overthrow the MVA administration. He said Shiv Sena MLAs were in Surat and could not leave.

Amid the controversy, Mr Shinde removed the term “Shiv Sena” from his Twitter profile. After the Shiv Sena broke away from the BJP in 2014, he was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He has played a crucial role in expanding the organization in the Thane area. In the MVA administration, Mr Shinde was named a cabinet minister.

However, according to insiders, Mr Shinde has been marginalized since the MVA administration was formed. Shrikant Shinde, his son, is a Lok Sabha member from Kalyan.

In light of these events, Shiv Sena representatives met with Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly Narhari Zirwal. They presented him with a letter asking him to replace Eknath Shinde as Shiv Sena Legislative party leader with Ajay Chaudhary.

Chandrakant Patil, the leader of the Maharashtra BJP, said that the state government “technically” has a “minority” status now that Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena MLAs had left.

He noted that neither Mr Shinde nor the BJP had made any proposals about the formation of a government and that the BJP was now in a “wait and watch” posture.

“For the Rajya Sabha and MLC elections, BJP received support from independents and minor political parties. Eknath Shinde and 35 MLAs have left, according to our knowledge. This indicates that although the state government is theoretically in the minority, it will take some time before it becomes such, ” he said.

“We are now waiting and monitoring the situation, therefore it is too early to make any statements. Both the BJP and Eknath Shinde have not yet made any proposals about the formation of a government, but anything is possible in politics at any moment “BJP leader: further.

Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Congress are all experiencing discontent, according to BJP Maharashtra in-charge CT Ravi, who was speaking to ANI about the state’s political climate.

“Ask Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray whether there is dissatisfaction between the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress (about the MLAs in Surat)… I have no idea what’s going through Eknath Shinde’s thoughts “said he.

Until 2019, when they split up over the question of the chief ministerial position after jointly running in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, the BJP and the Shiv Sena were partners. Following days of political gridlock and high-octane drama, the Shiv Sena and the Congress and the NCP created the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government, led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.